Call us rebels, but we can't condone phony limitations such as data caps or restrictions on cloud storage. That's why the quiet introduction of a $4.95 unlimited plan to Pogoplug Cloud piqued our interest on Friday. Unlimited cloud storage for dirt cheap with no file size limits? The mere idea makes us want to ditch Dropbox, Box and all the rest of 'em. If that's how you feel, read on to find out if the dream of an unlimited cloud actually delivers.
So have you heard any good rumors lately? We have. It seems like the rumor mill is on the cusp of being vindicated about the iPad mini as at long last Apple gives the technorati what they've been begging for. Will there be a market for it? Oh, we think a lighter priced smaller tablet might just be stuffing a few stockings this holiday season.
You might think that "Bling My Thing" tells you everything you need to know about this case. It's a simple shell, encrusted with Swarovski crystals in a wave pattern. There are ten different colorways, offering different permutations of case and crystal color. But it's not all about flash. The Milky Way's hard polycarbonate case offers good protection against bumps and scratches, too. Watch out, though. Prying this thing off could easily break a nail. Just saying.
The Active is another take on Seidio's combo cases. This two-piece case features a silicone layer for absorbing shock, and a hard plastic exoskeleton to protect against major bumps. It's easy to install and uninstall, but the molded button coverings sacrifice a little bit of usability. Active is also available with or without the metal kickstand and holster.
If you're a bit of a klutz, the CandyShell Grip does a good job of keeping your iPhone in your hand and off the asphalt. Combining the sleek lines of Speck's CandyShell hard cases with rubberized details, this case manages to be sleek while offering good traction for your fingers. Design-wise, it's a little more party-in-the-back than business-in-the-front, but seven different color combos offer a bit of range in styles.
X-Doria's Dash keeps it simple with a sleek snap-on polycarb case. Roomy cutouts for buttons and ports let you use your iPhone's controls with ease. The back features a clear window that frames the Apple logo on the back of your phone surrounded by a perforated pattern that adds a slight amount of grip to your device.
Speck's fabric-covered hard cases get a style boost from snowboard gear maker Burton's wild patterns. This one-piece case snaps easily on and off your phone, and features rubberized buttons and perfectly shaped cutouts for all your phone's ports. The fabric covering offers good grip, and comes in three bold patterns to make your iPhone stand out in a crowd.
Let's get this out of the way up front. 55 bucks is an insane amount of money to pay for an iPhone case, unless it's made of unicorn fur. The two-piece case fits snugly -- so much so that getting it off requires a fair amount of effort. It's available in a rainbow of eight different shades, and features a lightly-grippy surface. The case and holster are also available separately, and you can get the case with or without the metal kickstand, which only works in landscape orientation (not portrait).
Drop Tech offers all-around protection for your iPhone 5. The thick rubber outer case stretches over a plastic frame that features a clear screen protection layer. The rigid frame protects your device from dents and dings, and the textured rubber design absorbs impact from your inevitable butterfingers moments. Operation through the screen protector feels natural, although it dust tends to collect on the inside surface. Luckily, the case can be quickly disassembled for frequent cleaning.